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Five Experient Leaders Join the Prestigious Group of Certified Master Designers at The Maritz Institute
The Maritz Institute has certified five Experient leaders as Master Designers: Heidi Voorhees, SVP Housing; Cynthia Hornketh, VP Experience Design; Jackie Richards, VP Human Resources and Development; Angela Marini, Director Project Management; and Jennifer Lion, Director Project Management.
These individuals join an elite group of solution designers across Maritz who are demonstrating a positive impact on client programs through a people-centered design approach. Master Designers utilize a science-based understanding of human behavior together with design-thinking methodology to create solutions that drive positive results for client businesses and for the people who are touched by the programs.
These Master Designers serve Experient clients by applying design principles based on the latest from the human sciences to create highly engaging experiences for people participating in sales and channel motivation programs, employee recognition programs, consumer loyalty programs, corporate meetings and events, and incentive travel programs.
Master Designers complete a challenging educational curriculum provided by The Maritz Institute that includes a class taught by leading neuroscientists and design thinking educators, mentoring colleagues and demonstrating knowledge application. A Master Designer designation signifies an individual completing the most rigorous of certifications provided by The Maritz Institute.
“The Maritz Institute’s vision is to unleash human potential through every program Maritz delivers,” said Mary Beth McEuen, vice president & executive director of The Maritz Institute. “Our Master Designers are paving new ground in designing programs that make this vision a reality.”
The Maritz Institute is a network of thought leaders advancing the human sciences in business. Through a deeper understanding of people, Maritz solutions help companies achieve their strategic business goals by engaging stakeholders in ways most meaningful to them. Simply stated, our mission is to create better business and better lives. For more information, visit www.themaritzinstitute.com.
CIC Announces New Class
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) today announced that 169 individuals passed the first quarter CMP examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual's comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession. The full list of new CMPs is available here.
Promoting professionalism is at the core of CIC’s mission. We encourage investing in professional development and set the benchmark for excellence through the administration of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program. The foremost certification available for meeting and event professionals, the CMP designation recognizes those who have demonstrated their proficiency through a combination of education, experience and passing a rigorous exam. More than 14,000 individuals in 51 countries and territories have earned the CMP designation since its inception in 1985. CMPs are considered the leading experts in the global meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
If you are interested in applying for the CMP, please read this important information about our new online application process. Additional information on the CMP and the Convention Industry Council process can be found online at http://www.conventionindustry.org/CMP/CMPApplicants.aspx.
The Greater Midwest Chapter Invests in the Future
The Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA is very excited and proud to announce their newest initiative. They will present two GMC PCMA Student Scholarships, each worth $2,500. These two individual Scholarships will be awarded to Student members of the GMC PCMA Chapter who major in Hospitality.
To read more about this latest initiative from the GMC PCMA Chapter or to download the student scholarship application, click here.
Catalyst Ranch Forms Partnership with JHW Hospitality
Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s premier creative meeting and event space, is thrilled to announce a new, ongoing partnership with Jon Wool and JHW Hospitality. Through the agreement JHW Hospitality will utilize Catalyst Ranch’s award winning creative space as the exclusive host for their renowned series of events, workshops and seminars. JHW Hospitality, which has held events with Catalyst Ranch in the past, has been at the forefront of restaurant and hospitality consulting in Chicago.
“JHW Hospitality provides coaching and training for restaurants, caterers, and hospitality professionals. As people in a creative industry, it’s important for us to get out of our kitchens and offices and into a stimulating environment. My goal is to encourage entrepreneurialism and proven business strategies while also sharing some warmth and humor. Catalyst Ranch offers the perfect fun and welcoming setting for that,” said JHW founder Jon Wool
The first event of the new formed partnership was the Summer School Workshop: “Selling the Next Season” and took place at Catalyst Ranch on July 30th. Events and workshops will be ongoing throughout the year, ranging across broad topics throughout the restaurant and hospitality industry. More information on particular events can be found as they are announced at http://jhwhospitality.com/speaking-engagements/.
“We’ve loved hosting Jon at the Ranch in the past. Jon’s sessions are filled with real life examples of customer service solutions that can be taken back to the office and implemented immediately,” said Catalyst Ranch’s Owner Eva Niewiadomski, “we are beyond excited to bring our relationship with Jon and JHW Hospitality to the next level.”
While unique, this type of ambitious partnership is not the first for Catalyst Ranch which maintains relationships with many non-profit organizations and charities including Lydia Home Association, for whom Catalyst Ranch annually hosts Project Music, a fundraiser which sends underprivileged and abused children from Chicago to summer camp. Catalyst Ranch also operates its own branded seminars and events called” Sundowners,” as well as “Match Books” which feature Q&A sessions with authors. Information on upcoming Sundowner and Match Books can be found at blog.catalystranch.com/chicago-happenings.
Catalyst Ranch is Chicago’s premier creative meeting and event space. Founded in 2002 by Eva Niewiadomski, the award winning venue has been featured in international, national and local news outlets for its innovation in the meetings industry. Catalyst Ranch is 15,000 sq. feet of absolute inspiration that caters to everything from training seminars, strategic planning meetings, association meetings, workshops, consumer market research, staff retreats, board meetings, sales meetings, as well as ideation sessions. Visit www.catalystranchmeetings.com or call (312) 207-1710 for more information.
JHW Hospitality provides coaching and consulting for restaurateurs, caterers, and event planners. Through objective analysis, confidential advice, and interactive training sessions, JHW Hospitality helps clients achieve fulfillment, balance, and financial success. Founder Jon Wool draws on his years of experience as a caterer and business owner to customize programs for companies of all sizes. JHW Hospitality’s efforts are designed to increase client’s gross revenue and net profit while establishing systems to promote sustained excellence. For questions or more information visit www.jhwhospitality.com or call (312) 280-9999.
MPI Unveils Program for 2014 World Education Congress in Minneapolis
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) plans to take attendees on a journey of discovery during its annual World Education Congress (WEC) this year. The association recently published details online about the conference’s program, which will showcase premiere education, networking and business opportunities and is scheduled for August 2-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
WEC 2014 will deliver more than 70 concurrent education sessions, including numerous professional development sessions eligible for clock hours. Several of the sessions will be repeated during the event, giving attendees the opportunity to attend more of their favorite sessions. Moreover, planners and suppliers participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program now have the opportunity to attend more education sessions as appointments will not overlap the sessions.
The opening keynote will be presented by spiritual leader, licensed physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra. Chopra will introduce his concept of “wellness real estate” and discuss the importance of healthy indoor environments for the home, office and meeting spaces. MPI has also planned two flash point style general sessions featuring an array of distinguished speakers such as Sam Richter, an internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management, and Chris Heeter, founder of The Wild Institute, a national organization committed to connecting people to nature, themselves, and each other.
“At MPI, we are continually making discoveries about our members, their needs and concerns, and what will make them successful in order to strengthen our association and our membership experience,” explains Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “With WEC 2014, our goal is to help attendees discover their own strategic potential, the right business partnerships, and ways to transform and elevate their approach to planning meetings and events.”
This year the conference will feature two new components, CSR Central and the Tech Café. CSR Central, hosted by Meet Minneapolis, is a dedicated zone where attendees can volunteer with local community organizations throughout the day on Aug. 4 — whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour. In the Tech Café, sponsored by Freeman, attendees will experience new technology solutions and learn how to leverage them to deliver effective meetings. The café joins the other areas of MPI’s Career & Learning Central, which acts as MPI’s learning laboratory, offering a variety of unique opportunities and resources for participants to expand their knowledge, strengthen their careers and transform their events outside the confines of the concurrent session space.
Other program highlights include the RISE Awards Luncheon, MarketSquare and MPI Foundation fundraising events. To learn more or to register for WEC 2014, please visit www.mpiweb.org/wec.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 20,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org.
Letter from MPI CEO on CMM Program Decision
The bedrock of MPI is our members and chapters, so when you raised concerns with planned updates to the CMM Program, we said that we would listen to your input and if your suggestions result in a stronger program, we would make appropriate adjustments. Over the past six weeks we have received a great deal of constructive feedback through extensive community outreach.
After aggregating, analyzing and synthesizing your feedback, we found a number of consistent recommendations, which if implemented, would strengthen the CMM Program going forward. After reviewing the recommended changes with our partner, GBTA, together we have agreed to revise the CMM Program as follows:
The program will retain the Certificate in Meeting Management name and may also be referenced by the CMM acronym.
The criteria for participation in the CMM Program have been revised as follows to better align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS). Each candidate will be evaluated through a comprehensive application process with documented panel review against the following criteria.
Each future CMM Program participant will be required to develop a business case in which they must apply the course materials learned. The business case should reflect real situations, address current challenges that need to be resolved and be actionable – meaning the participant must have responsibility and influence over the challenges’ outcome. Each participant’s business case will be evaluated and scored against a pre-established standard of performance or rubric by CMM Program faculty.
Professionals that achieved the Certificate in Meeting Management from MPI prior to 2014 will retain the CMM designation, which is now supported by both MPI and GBTA. GBTA will communicate directly to individuals that achieved the comparable GBTA certificate regarding parameters for using the CMM designation.
In addition, MPI will reissue new certificates to existing CMM designees with the correct Certificate in Meeting Management branding. More details will be shared in the near future about how and when the new certificates will be provided.
On behalf of MPI and GBTA, thank you for your interest in the CMM Program. We recognize that it is your contributions, energy and support that are the foundation of MPI and, as such, we will always listen to your input and value your voice.
Again, thank you for your interest in this prestigious program, your passion for this industry and your support of MPI. We appreciate the feedback you have shared and believe these changes will strengthen the CMM Program going forward.
Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International
To view the letter, click here.
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